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Berry sworn in as police chief

In an emotion-filled ceremony, Scott Berry was sworn in as Truckee’s second police chief on Wednesday afternoon at Truckee Town Hall.

Berry, formerly the department’s commander, will replace outgoing Chief of Police Dan Boon. The swearing in ceremony was well-attended by Berry’s friends, family, fellow officers and community members.

“I’m energized and ready for this challenge,” Berry said to a crowd of more than 120 people in the town council chambers.

The 30-minute ceremony featured an invocation by Sgt. Ted Bier, speeches by Truckee Mayor Josh Susman, town council member Ted Owens, and the man who ultimately chose Berry for the department’s top job, town Manager Steve Wright.

“Scott made it real easy when we went through the selection process,” Wright said. “Though it might not have felt easy for him.”

All sworn and non-sworn officers read the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, led by Boon.

Town clerk Judy Price swore in the new chief, and Berry’s wife, Julie, pinned his chief’s badge. His children, Melissa and Michael, pinned Berry’s stars.

“I came here with plans to be the next chief, but I knew I had a lot of work to do,” Berry said in closing remarks. He thanked Boon for preparing him for that challenge.

Berry acknowledged his family and fellow officers for their support.

“The Truckee Police Department has accomplished a lot in a short period of time, but there’s a lot more to be done,” he said.

Berry brings nearly 30 years of policing experience to the job, including a stint as division commander when he was a captain with the Yuba City Police Department. He holds a master’s degree in management, and has also received training at the FBI National Academy, U.S. Military Leadership Institute and the California POST Command College.

Boon, who has been credited with helping set up the Truckee Police Department, announced his retirement from law enforcement in September.

After a lengthy hiring process with approximately 20 candidates, Berry was chosen in November to replace Boon.

The department’s commander position has not been filled since Berry’s promotion was announced, Wright said.

“We need to take a look at the department and see if the organizational structure of the department is working for us,” Wright said.

A chief’s proclamation ceremony was held at Thursday’s town council meeting, after press time. Check out Wednesday’s Sierra Sun for coverage on the ceremony.

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